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The results of the 2018 Cancer Patient Experience Survey have now been published. Around 5,000 people responded to the survey - a huge thank you to all of them. The survey found that cancer patients were generally very positive about their cancer care services. The vast majority of people (95 percent) rated their overall experience of cancer care positively, supported by 97 per cent reporting they were always treated with dignity and respect by health care professionals treating them.

Survey results are available at the following links:


Review Work

As part of the preparation work for the 2018 survey, various elements of the analysis have been reviewed to ensure they remain appropriate. In particular:


The survey is being jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support, and is being run in partnership with Information Services Division, part of NHS National Services Scotland. The survey is supported by a Stakeholder Group which includes representatives from a range of backgrounds, including NHS Boards, academia, the third sector and cancer patients. An information poster on the survey is available here, please feel free to share this with anyone who may have an interest in the survey.

We received approval from the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel (PBPP) to use NHS data to identify a survey sample and approach individuals, a copy of the approval letter is available here. The privacy notice for the survey can be found here. The 2018 survey is being administered by Quality Health.

Final copies of the 2018 survey materials are available at the following links:

A further two reminder letters will also be sent out.

Members of the survey's Stakeholder Group agreed at a meeting in December 2017 that the sampling methodology should broadly follow the approach used in the 2015 survey. A note of the agreed methodology for the 2018 survey is available here.


About the Survey

The Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey is a national postal survey run in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. The survey asks about patients' experience of their Cancer care journey, from thinking that something might be wrong with them to the support they received after diagnosis and treatment.

The survey results will help us to better understand people’s experience of cancer care in Scotland so that we can make sure that our cancer care meets the needs and expectations of patients.

The first Cancer Patient Experience Survey in Scotland was run in 2015. For further details on the survey, including copies of the questionnaire and all results, please use the link below:

If you have any queries about any of the Scottish Care Experience Surveys, please email